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Suicide Kings (1998)

Mark Watson (II) , Christopher Walken , Peter O'Fallon  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Watson (II), Christopher Walken, Denis Leary, Nina Siemaszko, Jay Della
  • Directors: Peter O'Fallon
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0784011516
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Suicide Kings" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two alternate endings with director's commentary
  • Movie/storyboard comparison
  • One multi-angle scene

Editorial Reviews

Here's another gritty independent film that tries to invade Tarantino territory by casting Christopher Walken--that most reliable of indie-film actors--as a Mobster who gets chummy with a group of preppie-like young men and becomes the victim of a kidnapping scheme. One of the kidnappers (Henry Thomas) has a sister who's been abducted by another group of kidnappers, and they've bagged Walken for his Mob connections and negotiating power. What follows is a game of psychological strategy in which the desperate group of guys slowly lose their advantage to the smarter, more experienced gangster--even though they've got Walken tied to a chair. The situation turns volatile when the young men start to doubt the wisdom of their strategy and suspect betrayal within the group, and Suicide Kings turns into a talky, repetitious thriller only partially redeemed by Denis Leary's cagey role as Walken's Mob lieutenant. The movie's a showcase for its cast of rising talent (including Jay Mohr, Jeremy Sisto, Johnny Galecki, and Sean Patrick Flanery), but not even Walken can hold it all together. What's best about the film is Leary's sinister presence in a peripheral role and Walken's trademark villainy, here toned down to a steady, simmering menace. --Jeff Shannon

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overall Excellent Film October 30, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Looking for a mob movie that doesn't star Robert DeNiro or Al Pacino? Neither am I, but, hey, sometimes you need a little variety in your repetoir, right? Suicide Kings is, in my opinion, this variety. Starring Christopher Walken and backed-up by Dennis Leary and a cast of up-and-comers, Suicide Kings succeeds remarkably at creating a dark and twisted tail of revenge, betrayal and getting in over your head.

Walken plays Carlo Bartolucci (also known in the movie as Charlie Barret), a mob boss recently returned from prison and having a night out on the town. During this he is joined by a group of college-aged kids also seemingly celebrating. As the night continues, these youngsters kidnap him.

After a few turns the kids motives are revealed: They're going to use Charlie's ransom money to pay off ANOTHER ransom, that of one of the kidnapper's girlfriends. What follows is a beautifully political example of Stockholm's Psychology as Walken's mob boss systematically turns each of the conspirator's against the other, all the while contacting his right-hand man, played by the fabulously energetic Dennis Leary.

Though this picture has many strong points, including a great plot, excellent scripting and superb acting, it has a few flaws that warrant a four-star rating rather than a five-star, in my opinion. First is the pacing. At times, the movie drags in places where it seems as if the writer wasn't sure what to do next. Though it swiftly recovers from these moments, they still occur enough to bring an impatient sigh or two.

Some of the cinematography is lacking as well, speaking characters are slightly blocked or transitions a bit questionable. There isn't any shaking camera or bad panning, just a few places where I think it could have been done better.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Interesting Films in a While August 7, 2001
While this film did not get much attention elsewhere, it certainly has mine. Suicide Kings is a movie about a group of spoiled rich kids in a tight bind with some criminals. To help gain some leverage in the ordeal, one of them has the bright idea to kidnap a NY mob boss (Walken). A guessing game of who betrayed who ensues and it will keep you wondering. This movie is hilarious, smart and interesting. It's full of great acting, funny dialogue, and interesting plot twists. Christopher Walken, in my opinion one of the greatest movie bad guys, shows his range in an outstanding performance. He's funny, dramatic and intense, all while being taped to a chair for most of the movie. Other notable performances are Dennis Leary, who plays Walken's right hand man in classic Leary style, and Jay Moore as the hard nosed, stubborn leader of the preps. The film has a very independent feel to it and is gritty at some points. While feeling this way, however, it does not feel un-professional ever. Basically, if you want a funny film with great performances from great actors, a good plot (which is often scarce nowadays), and a cheap price ...!!!, you have no excuse not to buy Suicide Kings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What happened to this movie? August 24, 2000
I saw one TV spot for this movie, and never even saw it playing at a theatre? Was I out sick that week? This is a hidden jewel. This movie is almost soley driven by dialogue. What a job! A very little bit of action tossed in to aide the story, but other than that it's all in the words. I can't write enough to do this justice. I mean really, the main character (Walken) was strapped in a chair almost the whole time and he still kicked @$$ in the role. I think there are a whole lot of moviegoers who lost out when they missed this movie. If you like a great script, at least rent this to give it a chance. (Then buy it) Don't pass it by. The alternate endings are cool, one of which I think was better than the chosen, though it isn't believable. I like this movie a little more everytime I see it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Ok, I'm not quite into 'Mobster' movies. In fact, you might say they all seem the same after awhile.I'm not saying this is the greatest or the worst movie. This movie is simply a good movie to rent. First, the story line is both funny and pretty unpredictable. That alone makes it stand-out.Secondly, the characters are developed enough to create a sense of wanting to know about each one. Walken is the central figure who is able to reveal tidbits about each guy in a psychological game that grabbed my attention.Finally, the balance of comedy and psycho fear make the ending worth the wait.In some strange way, the Sucide Kings when watched the second time around is even better because...well because knowing the ending let's you become a true Wise Guy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise hit! October 16, 1999
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I picked up this DVD on a whim, not having seen nor heard any information on the title. I relied on the strength of the cast to not let me down. I was glad I followed my hunch. This is without a doubt one of the best dark comedies I have ever seen. The cast works together well, and the script is well written. Sure, parts are a little predictable, but there are still sufficient twists and turns to keep you interested until the film's conclusion. The DVD is packed full of extras too that make it a worthwhile purchase.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Dark Comedy Around March 28, 1999
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I'm not a huge fan of dark comedies but this one was awesome. The acting was great, the story was gripping and original. It didn't get tied down in being dark or being a comedy. It just concentrated on having a good plot and telling the story smoothly. Dennis Leary gives a great comedic edge to his performance. Christopher Walken gives one of his best performances. The movie adds one twist after another too keep you guessing up until the very end. One of the best movies I've seen in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic
I'm not sure why so many people haven't seen this movie but it's def one of my favorite. The cast is amazing and I would pay to see Walken in most anything. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Blake Zach
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Best--Or Worst Way To Kill Yourself?"
by Dane Youssef

"Tarantinoesque (adj) – referring to or reminiscent of the work of the American film-maker and actor Quentin Tarantino (born 1963), known for the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dane R. Youssef
4.0 out of 5 stars One eyed jacks are wild.
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Published 4 months ago by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a nice surprise
I had seen this DVD in Target after working the late shift and figured "Hey, if Chris Walken is in it, how bad could it be? Read more
Published 5 months ago by J Zajac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD!
It got here quickly and in great shape. Thanks a bunch, Suzette! This is exactly what I was looking for a fraction of the cost!
Published 6 months ago by S. Spears
5.0 out of 5 stars another great movie....
Always a fan of Mr. Walken!!!!!!!!! This one is for the collection without a doubt. WALKEN FOR LIFE!!!!! EXCELLENT FILM.
Published 7 months ago by tony
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
If you enjoyed this movie check out "seven psychopaths" This is a great movie as well, total 'what have these guys done' kind of movie. worth buying.
Published 9 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Christopher Walken and Dennis Leary are great. Good story and a good ending. I would definately reccomend watching this movie.
Published 10 months ago by ken lamoreaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Walken may be in the chair, but he's a bigger threat than them...
I knew the moment I saw Walken taped in a chair that he would be absolutely brilliant. The actor is so superb; he can be funny when he pleases and yet the next second, he can make... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mandie
4.0 out of 5 stars I would watch it again, but I won't be surprised
This is the type of movie where you watch it once, you'll never be surpised when watching it the second time even if you haven't seen it in a millenium, kind of like Mystic... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bosco
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